Sunderland's Jack Rodwell makes positive comments about his fitness

Jack Rodwell

Rodwell missed last weekend's defeat to Manchester United.

Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell has suggested in the Chronicle that he is fitter than he has been for a while, despite missing the 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

Rodwell has struggled for fitness at regular intervals ever since he made the move from Everton to Manchester City, but towards the back end of last season, and at the start of this term, he has been able to enjoy a more consistent run. 

The 24-year-old is quoted in the Chronicle as saying: “I had a good pre-season and didn’t miss a game.

“Last season I didn’t really get a pre-season. I was at Manchester City, waiting for the move, didn’t play or train a lot. And I think you need a good pre-season, especially me.

“I don’t think anyone is ever 100%, but I’ve been as good as I can be (until his ankle injury).

“I’m a lot better than two to three seasons ago. My body’s a lot stronger.

“Last season my fitness improved a bit, I think it’s improved again this season.”

The Chronicle's report says that Rodwell is in line to return to the starting line-up for this weekend's clash with West Ham United at the Stadium of Light, as the Black Cats go in search of their first win of the Premier League campaign, having only picked up two points from their opening seven games so far.

There is evidently plenty of talent to be unlocked in Rodwell. He became an important part of the Everton team at a young age, and Manchester City felt inclined to spend a lot of money on him before moving him on to Sunderland. The Black Cats will be hoping that he can produce his best form for the club on a regular basis this season as they look to get themselves out of their current predicament. 

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